Keen to get patients out, about again
Philip Sell is a consultant spinal surgeon who, with colleagues, carries out between 25 and 30 operations each year to help scoliosis patients in Leicester.
He said: "About one in 20 people will have a very minor curve in their spine which is of no consequence and most people will not need surgery.
"We don't really know the full reasons for scoliosis, but it is thought to be mainly genetic and there is nothing that you can do to prevent it developing."
Mr Sell, a consultant at the Nuffield Hospital, in Leicester, and at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said the condition was more prevalent in girls and affected about one in every 200 teenage girls, to varying degrees. It will often begin at the onset of puberty.
"If the curve in the spine is between about 40 and 60 degrees we will offer surgery as an option," said Mr Sell.
"If it is more than 60 degrees we would push harder for the patient to have surgery."
Surgery is carried out at Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham, which is one of the leading centres for the procedure.
Mr Sell said: "We use titanium rods and screws to correct the spine and then a bone graft to fuse the spine into position.
"The whole point of spinal surgery is to restore people to normal function and we are always keen for them to get up and get on with their lives.
"There is a very high satisfaction rate among scoliosis patients who have had surgery."